50/50 Black Belts

Earning a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt takes years of discipline and dedication.  No Fifty/50 Belts of any rank are awarded based on the length of time an individual has been training or for any reason other than technical ability and fighting skill.  We do not believe in automatic belts.  Each new rank must be earned through consistent training and improvement, the Black Belt most of all.  Ryan has notoriously high standards for promotion and the following individuals hold the distinguished honor of being the only three people to have been awarded the Black Belt by Ryan Hall :
 
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Seph Smith

The first black belt to be promoted by Ryan Hall,  on July 3, 2012, Seph earned his Black Belt 11 years into his BJJ journey, 4 years after beginning his training under Ryan.  He subsequently earned his 1st degree on July 3, 2015. 

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Jen Hall

After just over 9 years of training BJJ, the last 6 of those under Ryan, Jen was promoted to Black Belt by Ryan Hall on October 15, 2014. 

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Maia Matalon

The 3rd person and 2nd female promoted to Black Belt by Ryan Hall, Maia received her rank on January 7, 2017 in her 8th year of training Jiu-Jitsu, almost 4 years after joining the Fifty/50 team. 

 

50/50 Brown Belts

The following individuals hold the honor of having received their Brown Belts from Ryan Hall and he looks forward to the day when he can move them along their Jiu-Jitsu journeys by promoting them to Black Belt:

Tim Koren - Promoted May 2012

Brian Johnson - Promoted May 2012

German Salas - Promoted November 2013

Phil Brown - Promoted March 2014

Kenny Savercool - Promoted March 2014

Harold Van Berkel - Promoted June 2014

Tom Zurita - Promoted January 2017